Island Naturals. A favorite of Dave and Susan, this is a natural foods store with a small buffet and deli in the back.
The buffet had a selection of hot healthy choices, you fill your eco-friendly cardboard container with as much as you want and pay $7.99/pound. While Dave and Dick chose the buffet, I had a very good roast beef sandwich from the deli.
Hilo Coffee Mill.
Coming back to Hilo from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this was the perfect place to stop for lunch. Tours of the small coffee-processing facility are available in one building, deli sandwiches and salads along with touristy-type gifts available in another building nearby.
The coffee trees grow on site. Free-range chickens abound.
New Saigon. Another of Dave and Susan’s favorite restaurants, they come here every Friday which is “date night.”
A very good choice, we really enjoyed the lunch we had. I had pad thai, Dick had Hong Kong noodles - both were excellent.
We got a wonderful table where we could look out at Ice Pond near Reed’s Bay.
Freddys. Don’t let its strip mall location dissuade you, this was a very good restaurant with very reasonable prices. There are two entrances. To the right the “drive in” section with burgers, fries, etc. To the left, a very nice dining room.
Dave had soup/salad/tuna sandwich combo for about $6. Dick had Chinese ahi salad, a huge bowl of lettuce and goodies, it’s the “most popular item on the menu.” I had Portuguese sausage loco moco - the best loco I’ve had yet. I chose the smaller portion for $5, it was still a bit too big. Nevertheless, I ate it all.